Farieha Aziz, Nighat Dad, and Nabiha Meher Shaikh

The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative held a panel event on “Security or Surveillance? Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the Internet,” featuring: Farieha Aziz, a Karachi-based, APNS-award-winning journalist. She is a co-founder and Director at Bolo Bhi. She has a master’s in English literature. She has worked with Newsline from July 2007-January 2012 and taught literature to grades 9-12. She served as an amicus curia in a case filed in the Lahore High Court in 2013, challenging the ban on YouTube, and is currently a petitioner on behalf of Bolo Bhi in a case filed in the Islamabad High Court challenging government's censorship on the Internet and the powers of the regulator. 

Nighat Dad, founder and Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. Digital Rights Foundation is a research-based advocacy not-for-profit organization focusing on ICTs to support human rights, democratic processes and digital governance. Nighat Dad is also an independent development consultant, a researcher and a professional lawyer, with extensive experience in cyber laws. Her focus is not only on addressing Internet Governance issues related to Freedom of Expression but also on articulating civil society's concerns over government policies that hamper citizens use of Information and Communication Technologies. 

Waqqas Mir, a partner at the law-firm Mohsin Tayebly and Co. and based in the firm's Lahore office. His practice focuses on commercial, corporate and constitutional law issues. He has been appointed amicus on four occasions by the Lahore High Court in the past year--including cases relating to electricity tariffs, signal free corridor in Lahore and the Orange Line project. He has attended Government College Lahore, University of London, Lincoln's Inn and Harvard Law. Nabiha Meher Shaikh, a feminist educator and writer. She teaches at Lahore Grammar School 55 Main. She is the co-founder and editor of Pakistan Feminist Watch, a movement that aims to document and report on how we all are complicit in perpetuating patriarchal norms online.